FIFA opened a procedure to investigate the documents of soccer player Byron Castillo, after the Chilean federation denounced that the player was born in Colombia and does not meet the requirements to be selected by Ecuador. In case the presentation prospers, Ecuador could be left without playing the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“The Chilean Football Federation has filed a complaint with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, in which it presents various allegations about the possible falsification of the documents that grant Ecuadorian nationality to the player Byron David Castillo Segura,” FIFA said in a statement. that has all of Ecuador in suspense. Against this background, the international entity “invited the Ecuadorian Federation and the Peruvian Football Federation to present their positions before the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.”

The Ecuadorian team qualified directly for the World Cup, along with those of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in South America, while Peru finished fifth behind the Ecuadorian team and will play the playoffs. On the contrary, Chile finished seventh and was left out of the contest

However, Chile’s claim is very specific, since the soccer authorities of that country assure that there is “innumerable proofs that the player was born in Colombia.” In that case, the hypothetical FIFA sanction would be to consider Ecuador lost the eight games in which Castillo was lined up, including the two wins over Chile. If this were the case and the points were also given to their rivals, the standings would be altered in such a way that Chile would be among the first four and Ecuador would be eliminated, while Peru would remain fifth.


The defender was chosen by the Argentine coach of Ecuador, Gustavo Alfaro, for the two games against Paraguay and Chile and on one occasion against Uruguay, Bolivia, Venezuela and Argentina.

For their part, from Ecuador they maintain that the soccer player was born in that country and therefore has been part of the youth teams. While a legal technical report from the national directorate of the civil registry of Ecuador states that the birth registration of Byron Castillo in the Ecuadorian city of Guayas does not appear in the volume, page and certificate requested, according to an official document to which the EFE agency had access.


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